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ERIC Number: ED253352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 14
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The Inevitability of Pregnancy: Education for Attitude Change.
Burke, Janet
A study was conducted to investigate the extent to which a semester course in developmental psychology influenced the attitudes that single, young adults had toward parenthood, children, and the inevitability of pregnancy. Subjects were 33 students enrolled in an introductory level course in child psychology at a large university near Boston. All were single adults under 21 years of age. The primary method of instruction was lecture complemented by a textbook and supplementary reading. To assess attitudes, at the beginning and end of the semester each subject responded to The Attitudes Towards Procreation Scale, a 16-item Likert-type measure that assesses attitudes towards procreation as the subject perceives them for himself or herself and for people in general. Each subject responded to two open-ended questions at the end of the semester: (1) "Have your attitudes toward children changed during the course of the semester? If so, how?" and (2) "Have your attitudes towards having children changed during the course of the semester? If so, how?" Results suggested that a typical, academically oriented course in child psychology may not be the most efficient vehicle for influencing young adults about parenthood and children. (The scale is appended.) (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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